• Sub-state games rescheduled

    Games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Hillsboro sub-state basketball tournament have been rescheduled. Marion and Hillsboro girls will play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hillsboro.


  • Bid good-bye to street bumps

    Hillsboro City Council members approved a bid from Barkley Construction at Tuesday’s meeting for improvements on Cedar, Birch, and Date Streets in Hillsboro. Work could begin as soon as April 1. Engineer Darin Neufeld told council members that seven contractors submitted bids for the curb, guttering, and street repair project that will encompass three main streets on the west side of town.

  • Guhr nominated for state award

    For many people, sports is all about winning, but Goessel High School volleyball coach Crysta Guhr was recognized Feb. 12 for taking teamwork to a higher level. USD 411 Principal Scott Boden honored Guhr at halftime of a Goessel High School basketball game last week for her efforts in organizing a successful fundraising event for a Goessel student and her mother who continue to face debilitating injuries incurred from a car wreck in August 2012. “I nominated Crysta for the Spirit of Sport award from the Kansas State High School Activities Association because what she did shows what sports are really supposed to be about,” Boden said. “She brought together competitive volleyball teams from three different schools that all had some connection to this family, and together they raised a significant amount of money needed for medical expenses.”

  • Winning isn't everything for Special Olympians

    Rachael Johnson jumped with all her might when McPherson County scored a basket. “I love to see them win, win, win,” the Special Olympian with Down syndrome said. “When the ball goes in the hoop, I just get so excited. It doesn’t matter who plays. I just like to see it go in.”

  • Great-grandmother relocates to help Tabor College students

    When Kay Lindsey of Arboles, Colo., found out her granddaughter Whitney Frise of Marion and her husband, Max, were expecting their first child, she was unsure what the future would hold. Both Frises were expecting to graduate in May from Tabor College, but Whitney Frise was considering taking a break from college to take care of the baby, Grayson Wayne Frise, who was born Jan. 7.


  • Shirley Bredemeier

    On Feb. 13, 2013, our beloved Shirley Bredemeier lost her valiant fight with cancer. She was born in Hillsboro, Kan., on July 20, 1946, and grew up in Marion, Kan. After attending college, Shirley enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served until 1978. During her military time, Shirley met her lifelong partner of 35 years, Connie Gilbert. Together they established their home in Northwood, N.H. Shirley then worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Suncook, N.H., from which she later retired.

  • Irma Mary Dahl

    Irma Mary Dahl, 102, of Hillsboro died Feb. 13 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born July 28, 1910, in McPherson County to John and Mary (Unrau) Franz. She was a homemaker.

  • Robert 'Bob' Echtenacher

    Robert ‘Bob’ Echtenacher, 84, died Monday at Peabody Care Center, Peabody. He was born April 26, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., the son of William and Rita Krueger Echtenacher.

  • Donald Eugene Martin

    Donald Eugene Martin, 84, of Lawrence, died Thursday at his home. He was born on Sept. 17, 1928, in Vassar, the son of Ralph R. and Anna (Oest) Martin. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War. He was a principal and superintendent at Peabody High School.

  • Laura Ellen Rose

    Laura Ellen Rose, 90, of Burns died Sunday in Goessel. She was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Hallowell to Floyd and Leora (Usrey) Parsons. She was a housewife. She married Bill Rose in March 1961. He preceded her in death.

  • Frank Yakesch Jr.

    Frank Yakesch Jr., 90, of Hillsboro and formerly of Duncan, Okla., died Monday at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. He was born April 19, 1922, near Lilac, Texas, to Frank and Elvena (Meyer) Yakesch. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 24 years, including during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of command sergeant major. He later managed a parts store in Duncan.



  • Drink green juice, lose extra pounds

    Tears flooded Cathy Smith’s eyes as she stared at the five gallons of ice cream in her freezer. “I’m addicted to junk food,” the 42-year-old Marion resident said. “It’s hard thing to admit. I think it’s almost worse than being hooked on cocaine or weed, because it’s everywhere. You can’t hide from it.”

  • Smoking ban has no effect on restaurants

    Joshua Weston’s hands shake every time he finishes drinking a cup of coffee at his favorite local eatery. “It’s a sign that I need a cigarette, but I can’t smoke in here,” he said, while eating a meal at Zimmerman’s deli and coffee shop in Marion. “Usually, I just go outside and smoke but, on windy days, it’s hard to stand out in the cold. I would like to smoke indoors, but there would be hell to pay if I did.”

  • Heart attacks can happend to anyone

    One morning Rickey Roberts woke up and took his children to a sheep show in Oklahoma, that same night he underwent heart surgery at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. “To this day, I still don’t why it happened,” Roberts, the K-State Research and Extension Agent for Marion County, said. “I thought I was a healthy guy. I didn’t drink or smoke, I didn’t think I was old, I didn’t have a family history of heart problems, and I thought I got enough exercise working on the farm.”


  • Recycling gets another look from county

    After a pair of county-sponsored recycling programs fizzled out in recent years because of poor return on investment, Marion County is considering a recycling program on a larger scale. Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt told county commissioners on Tuesday that he had investigated other options for recycling. A recycling center in Hutchinson would pay the county an amount based on commodity prices if the county delivered recycling to the center, he said.

  • County considers renting jail space

    Marion County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke asked Sheriff Rob Craft on Tuesday whether it was time to think about renting space in the new county jail to other counties. The question came after Craft told the commission that his staff is getting well accustomed to how the new facility works and that there are 10 to 15 beds empty most of the time.


  • Another shot at recycling

    Marion County has spent the last few years trying several methods to provide a recycling service for county residents. It started with a monthly route where people could bring recyclables to a trailer stop, but that required people to sort items and was only available for a couple of hours at any stop. More recently, the county placed recycling bins in outlying communities. People could take their recycling any time, and they didn’t have to sort it. That program required the county to pay Waste Connections to pick up the recycling, though, and the amount recycled didn’t provide enough savings at the landfill to pay for the pickup fee, so the county has decided to discontinue that service.


    What goes around comes around


  • Abortion, lobbying on agenda

    We are having some interesting and unusual bills introduced. Bills creating term limits, protecting Second Amendment rights, addressing abortion, and bills restricting the use of public funds for lobbying efforts are now in the hopper for possible consideration. While it is improbable that all of these will have a committee hearing, some are already on the committee schedule. The abortion bill getting the most attention is called heartbeat legislation. It basically says that if a heartbeat is detectable in a fetus, an abortion cannot be performed. I don’t know if this will have a hearing, but odds are good that it will.


  • Combined concert a success

    We wish to convey a big “Thank You” for the “best concert” Feb. 17 in Marion at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The concert featured both the Marion High School boys’ chorus and the Tabor College Concert Choir. We so much appreciate the work of directors David Clark and Dr. Brad Vogel in putting the evening together for us all. Those attending the nearly-full-to-capacity event enjoyed great music and great performances by each group.


  • Workshop offered for business start-ups

    A workshop on how to start a small business is offered from
    3 to 5 p.m. March 27 in the Hillsboro City Hall Meeting Room, 116 E. Grand Ave. The workshop will offer essential information about marketing, management, and money to help entrepreneurs to assess the feasibility of their idea. They also will help to formulate and write a business plan.

  • Hymn sing is Sunday

    Steve Vincent will lead the monthly community hymn sing at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The evening will focus on “Principles of Inheritance” and include singing, scripture reading, and prayer. Those attending will have opportunity to select favorite hymns.


  • Vincent to perform at Lifelong Learning

    The spring semester of Lifelong Learning programs will start Friday with a presentation by Steve Vincent of Hillsboro. The program will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. He will be singing and sharing his talents on the piano and handbells. He also will express his thoughts on the musical selections and will ask the audience to join him in a few familiar songs.

  • Arnold wins coach of the year

    Hillsboro High School volleyball coach Sandy Arnold was named Kansas volleyball coach of the year by the National Federation Coaches Association. The award goes across all Kansas high school classes with many of the coaches being from 6A and 5A ranks. The Trojans won the second of back-to-back 3A state championships this season.


    Northwest of Durham, Tampa


  • Tabor choir to go on tour

    The Tabor College Concert Choir will be taking its annual spring tour March 14 to 24. They will visit seven churches in Denver, Colo., and central California, as well as Immanuel High School in Reedley, Calif. Under the direction of Brad Vogel, the choir will perform with the theme, “The Radiance of His Glory,” based on Hebrews 1:3 — “

  • Tabor College faculty to perform

    The public is invited to attend a free recital presented by adjunct faculty members of the Tabor College music department at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tabor College Chapel Auditorium. It will include voice, wind, and string instruments and will feature music from the 19th and 20th centuries.


  • Hiebert, Hoffman double in Goessel girls' win

    Balanced scoring helped the Goessel High School girls’ basketball team win a non-league game Feb. 12 in Goessel. The Bluebirds jumped out to a 5-0 lead but then went into a dry spell as Udall took a 9-8 lead with just under two minutes to play. Jessica Harvey put the Bluebirds back in the lead with a basket and they never trailed again, leading at the end of one quarter, 13-9.

  • Senior scoring leads Goessel

    Goessel seniors led all scorers through three quarters, but a strong team effort kept the state- ranked Udall Eagles within reach until late in the game. Davis Cook, Trey Schmidt, and Shane Goerzen hit baskets to stun Udall with a 9-2 lead. The Eagles took flight however, and tied the game at 13, ending the first quarter tied at 15-15.

  • Four Hillsboro wrestlers qualify for state

    Four Hillsboro High School wrestlers qualified for the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Hays. Three Trojans wrestled in championship matches on Saturday in Fredonia — Austin Cross at 145 pounds, Tanner Jones at 170, and Tyrell Thiessen at 285.

  • Third quarter dooms Trojans

    It was a nightmare third quarter for the Hillsboro boys’ basketball team Friday at Haven. The Trojans started the second half down three points, 27-24. After the third quarter, the Trojans were down 45-29.

  • Hillsboro girls outmuscle Haven

    It was Tena Loewen’s kind of game Friday at Haven. The Hillsboro emphasis against the 3A state-ranked Wildcats was to play physical by getting the ball into the post and denying Haven’s back-door cut based offense.


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